Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-short Stories Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what voice and tense is Welcoming the Board of Directors written?

2. How old is the student in The Boy?

3. What kind of meat does the old woman order in Weather in San Francisco?

4. In Death of the Right Fielder, how was the right fielder received by his teammates?

5. What is the name of the dentist in One of These Days?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the setting of Blue? What is troubling the citizens in the narrative?

2. How does Richard Brautigan make use of imagery and dramatic twist in The Weather in San Francisco?

3. Who is the central character in House Opposite? What decision does he make in the narrative?

4. What is the setting of The Falling Girl? Who is the central character and what action does she take in the beginning of the story?

5. What is the central plot in The Elephant? Why does the protagonist choose to build an inflatable elephant?

6. What is the older Borges doing in August 25, 1983? What is the reaction of the younger Borges?

7. What event has taken place in the beginning of Death of the Right Fielder? What actions do the characters take?

8. What is the objective of the protagonist in The Laugher? When is he the happiest?

9. What stories in the beginning of the collection focus on the theme of aging? How do these stories relate to one another?

10. What happens to the narrator's friend in At the River? How does he discover this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe Doris Lessing's career, style and awards. How is Lessing's work represented in Homage to Isaac Babel? What recurring themes appear in Lessing's works?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the violence depicted in Arrest Me, Orion and The Verb To Kill. How are rape, imprisonment, and murder represented in each of the narratives? How do they relate to the tone of the other stories in the anthology?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the themes and perspectives presented in Girl and The Other Wife. What elements of feminism can be seen in the themes of these works? How is this reflected in other writings by the authors?

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